Recap / The Simpsons S 15 E 16 The Wandering Juvie
Bart gets sent to juvenile hall, where he is dragged into escaping with a female prisonmate.
Ass Shove: Gina threatens Bart with this using a pinecone to stop him calling for help during the breakout.
Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Bart is confused by Gina as well as annoyed by her constantly-changing attitude towards him, but when he finds out that, unlike him, she doesn't have a family as he had previously thought, he organizes a Mexican food feast in her cell at juvenile hall with the rest of his family, something she appreciates.
Bait-and-Switch: At the end of the episode, the Warden sees Gina and the Simpsons about to enjoy a family dinner. He muses about the lonely night he's planned for himself. Marge invites him to join them, but he blows them off, re-iterating he has plans.
Bears Are Bad News: Chief Wiggum gets mauled by a bear, which is arrested at the end of the episode. Cletus even whittled this event before it happened.
After Gina slices up Bart's uniform, she turns her head to look at him as he is walking away.
Genius Ditz: Cletus. He's a hillbilly and definitely not the sharpest knife in the drawer (he was dumb enough to drink out of a thermometer), but he's a good observer and whittles what he sees, so he's able to help Chief Wiggum in tracking down Bart and Gina. He's also able to whittle the future, in particular Chief Wiggum getting mauled by a bear, which comes true later.
Groin Attack: When Gina slices up Bart's uniform, she implies she will castrate him by saying his "puberty will be very boring" if he comes near the fence again.
Heel Realization: Gina has one when she and Bart are arrested, and told that Bart will stay in juvenile hall even longer because of her. It inspires her to confess to Lou and Eddie that she was the one behind the escape.
Jerk Ass: Chief Wiggum becomes one by arresting Bart.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Gina is a vicious and cruel delinquent, and is not only willing to lie to get Bart in trouble, but threaten and attack him a few times. But it turns out her anger is due to having no family. And when she learns what Bart will go through because of her, she confesses to forcing him to make a prison break.
Knife Nut: Gina, which we see when she's introduced.
Manipulative Bitch: Gina claims she can act all sad to make Bart take the blame for their escape. After seeing her act, Bart claims he is screwed.
Meaningful Name: Gina's surname of Vendetti is a clear pun on "vendetta", which is Italian for "revenge", referring to her vicious and manipulative nature.
Mundane Made Awesome: The blacksmith forging the key that is used to unlock Bart and Gina's handcuffs is played out this way.
Never My Fault: Homer refuses to take no blame for his negative reinforcemnt (i.e., the constant strangling) having any influence on Bart's behaviour.
Lisa: You're a great mom. You're always there for Bart with love and support. His acting out was caused by negative reinforcement! [They both glare at Homer]'
Homer: Oh, I get it. Blame the strangler!
Noodle Incident: Gina was apparently imprisoned for pushing Snow White over a parapet at Disneyland. The woman apparently survived, but according to Gina, "it's not a good life".
No-Sell: Bart tries to bribe his way out of punishment by bribing Chief Wiggum with the wedding presents at the start of the episode, but it doesn't work as Chief Wiggum only accepts cash bribes.
Signs of Disrepair: In the beginning of the episodes, a hobo walks by a sign on the Costington's store saying "Downtown's Last Gasp of Class" and drunkenly bumps into it, knocking off a few letters. Bart then walks up with his family and laughs at the resulting text on the sign, which now reads "Downtown's Last Gas of ass".